Italian cave city goes hi-tech

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The Sassi of Matera, an ancient Italian cave city, formerly host to a slum community and abandoned in the 1950s, is experiencing a remarkable renaissance as a new technology business park

In the town of Matera, the historic area known as the «Sassi» (the stones) is undergoing a revival. «We found large computer servers, with their lights blinking, tucked away in cave rooms once occupied by people and animals. A call centre company has taken over a whole complex. Their computers are in one cave, the people answering calls are in others…».

Pietro Laureano, the architect who led the regeneration of the caves, says Sassi de Matera «is a prehistoric town. It is the future of technology and it’s a town which can be linked to the whole world. It